Major short circuit causes island wide blackout

POSTED: 03/29/11 2:48 AM

St. Maarten – Electricity provider GEBE says a major short circuit in the main feeder cable is the cause of Monday’s power outages. At a given moment there were outages across the entire Dutch St. Maarten disrupting work for some and enraging others winding down at the end of their day.

In a post on Facebook at 5:00 p.m. the company told consumers, “The GEBE power plant just experienced a major technical problem which resulted in a complete shut down of all production units. Our technicians are on the scene conducting the necessary tests.”

Two hours later at 7:00 p.m. they posted, “The cause has been determined as a major short circuit in the main feeder cable.”

The last update before press time – 9:00 p.m. – stated that power had been restored to Lowlands and Beacon Hill. The updates gave little comfort to some of the company’s enraged customers with some posting on the company’s Facebook page.

Tito Zabala posted, “How can you get a major shutdown like this? Isn’t there any technician maintaining/monitoring the systems?”

Jeff Berger posted, “You clowns ought to be nationalized, and all senior managers should be forced to do nothing but clean up goat dung, but you’d probably screw that up too.”

Not everyone was upset though. Micheal Awai II posted, “It’s back on! Thanks GEBE. Everything mechanical breaks down now and again. Thanks again GEBE!”

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